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Moonshine makers jailed in southern Sweden

Published: 20 Apr 2010 19:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Apr 2010 19:10 GMT+02:00

Eleven people have been convicted in southern Sweden for their involvement in the illicit distillation and sale of thousand of litres of bootleg booze.

Jönköping district court handed out short jail sentences on Tuesday to the majority of the eleven people linked to the discovery late last year of a vast illegal liquor enterprise in the area. The three leading lights behind the 'forest star' business received the longest jail terms, ranging from two to three years.

A 60-year-old man from Nässjö who sold 10,000 litres of home-made liquor was handed a three-year sentence as well as being ordered to pay the state almost half a million kronor ($70,000) in compensation.

A local motorcycle gang leader was found guilty of buying and selling the secret spirits, while a third person was convicted for heading up the network's clandestine distillery.

The multi-million kronor enterprise was well established in both the Halland and Småland provinces.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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19:47 April 20, 2010 by calebian22
"Moonshine makers jailed in southern Sweden" ....for tax evasion.
20:20 April 20, 2010 by Coalbanks
Taste test says...?
22:59 April 20, 2010 by peropaco
Had the 60 year old raped or killed someone he would have only recieved 18months.
23:34 April 20, 2010 by heu
Had the 60 year old shared copyrighted material he would have received 10 years.
01:04 April 21, 2010 by vonrudenborg
Whatever you do, don't cheat a government out of taxes!!! It's the most heinous of crimes. I'm glad to see the spirit of rebellion and anarchy alive in Sweden.
02:16 April 21, 2010 by jack sprat
Its all down to the Systembollox effect...much the same as prohibition in the States,...that didn't work either.

Ppl.will always get hold of alcohol if they want it,one way or another.

Probably this is just the tip of the iceberg,..I've found it easily and readily available wherever I've been in Sweden.

In my own area I'd be willing to bet they turn over more than Systembollox themselves.

Time for those clowns in Stockholm to get real and make it more easily available at a sensible price by cutting the tax.

They would still take as much tax in, due to increased sales,make it safer for consumers and less worthwhile for the cowboys.
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